Tenerife is one of the most popular holiday destinations of UK holiday makers because of its mild climate, beautiful landscape and family-friendly attractions – plus, it’s only a 4h flight. If you’re thinking of booking your next holiday and visiting the biggest of the seven Canary Isles, here some ideas of things to do in Tenerife with all the family:
One of Tenerife’s most visited tourist attractions is probably the world famous Loro Parque – a 33-acre zoo on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island. The zoo initially started out as a bird sanctuary for parrots and other tropical but houses 400 different animals now.
It’s home to Europe’s biggest dolphin show, the longest shark tunnel in Europe and the world’s biggest indoor penguin exhibition. Children love the big playground Kinderlandia and being able to come close to gorillas, chimpanzees and birds in all colours of the rainbow.
The grounds are big enough for children to run around and there are plenty of shady spots for a picnic or a break, because there’s so much to see and do here that you’ll probably spend the entire day at the park. At 23€ for kids and 34€ for adults, entry isn’t cheap but Loro Parque is definitely worth a visit and your kids will love you forever, if you visit the baby parrots with them.
Teide National Park
Mount Teide is a 3,718-metre high and active volcano in the heart of Tenerife and Spain’s highest summit. It’s located in Teide National Park and attracts more visitors than any other National Park in Europe.
If you want to visit Mount Teide, make sure to plan your trip ahead and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. The hike leads you across rocky terrain and is not suitable for children under the age of 2 or people suffering with cardiovascular or pulmonary problems due to the high altitude, but there is a cable car that can easily be reached by car and that brings you up to the top within 8 minutes.
There are lots of scenic routes for all fitness levels, but our favourite was route 12 to Pico Viejo Vantage. From here you’ve got an amazing view overlooking south Tenerife and the great caldera of Las Cañadas del Teide, a sea of walls of rock and the aftermath of the last volcanic eruptions.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the north of Tenerife. It’s more elegant and sophisticated than some of the cities in the south of the island and remains Canarian in its origins. And believe me when I say there are plenty of reasons to visit.
Splash in the waves at Playa Jardin or swim in one of the artificial sea water lakes of the Lago di Martianez complex. There a plenty of restaurants and bars around, but if you fancy something a little more traditional take a stroll along the old fortification near Plaza Europa and head for a meal in one of the quaint tavernas around Plaza del Charco.
If you want to escape the midday heat and the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Jardin Aquatico. It’s a bit of a climb but the peace and quiet are definitely worth it. Grab a drink or a small snack in the little cafe and enjoy the terraced water gardens. They’re easy to miss, so keep your eyes open for a little old lady near the roped off entrance to the gardens.
Have you ever visited Tenerife? What are your top tips?